Filmmakers Discussion Panel, Saturday 3/22 3-5PM



Art Of The Independents

SFIAAFF Filmmakers Discussion Panel
SAT 3/22 | 3:00PM- 5:00PM | Free Event (Limited Seating)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (San Jose)
150 E. San Fernando St. | Room 255-257, Second Floor
Moderator: Ivan Jaigirdar, 3rd i (

From Sundance to South By Southwest to the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, independent filmmaking is alive and kicking. Unique visions, singular stories and unforgettable characters populate the bold and daring films that expand how we look at cinema, independent projects which are unafraid to venture into worlds, truths and stories not being told by mainstream films. But how are these films made? What does it take to create a non-studio financed, more personal kind of cinema?

Join us for an intimate conversation at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San José, as three of the highlighted directors at this year’s San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) in San José discuss the art and craft of independent filmmaking. From developing their scripts to securing financing to stories from the big time worlds of Slamdance and the Toronto Film Festival, each will delve into the vibrant, unpredictable and exciting worlds of independent filmmaking.


  • Richie Mehta, Director, Amal
  • Anjali Sundaram, Director, Canada
  • Frank Chan, Director, Since You’ve Been Ong

Co-presented by Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), First Thursdays, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Public Library.